Noticing changes brought on by increases in strength or muscle

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Aug 07, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    As a kind of a follow up to an earlier question on working oneself from thin to muscular, for those of you who have perservered through those changes: how were your experiences with your increasing mass / strength? Were there any particular experiences that stood out (including the oft-mentioned increase in interested looks from others)?

    For example, did you notice how you could handle heavier, everyday weights, such as grocery bags, easier (or even non-everday weights, such tires or even other people)? Did you feel it was noteworthy when weights or distances that previously exhausted you became manageable or even easy?
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    Aug 07, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    I dont get as winded walking up the stairs to my apartment(4 flights), and i can carry things much easier up those same stairs. I also feel like i last a bit longer in the bed room before i get tired.
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    Aug 07, 2008 6:31 AM GMT
    lifting boxes are MUCH easier, i've gotten complements about my butt being firmer and filling out my jeans well, and i'm filling out my shirts in the proper places too. i've also noticed that i can spike harder and faster when i'm playing volleyball, as well as being able to jump higher to block at the net.
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    Aug 07, 2008 10:32 AM GMT
    Yeah, the other day I picked up this guy, threw him over my shoulders, took him to my cave and then sexually ravaged his body. I could never have done this before gaining some muscle mass.

    Really, I think it has improved my ability to get oxygen to my brain, think, and then fantasize better as in the above example.
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  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 07, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    Well, I'm still far more thin than muscular, but as I've made the transition from scrawny to thin, it's the same essential trajectory.

    I've definitely noticed a few little things in daily life. Carrying groceries in from my car is more limited by not wanting to squash the bread than by how much weight I can handle these days. Carrying the television up the stairs was a lot easier than I remember it being before.

    And I have to say, mentally it was a big deal when I became able to bench press my own weight.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 07, 2008 2:06 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidIt really helps boost your confidence levels.


    That's the most noticeable and important change for me.
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    Aug 07, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    You start getting warnings from people like "you really shouldn't be lifting T400 transmissions by yourself."
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    Aug 08, 2008 5:20 AM GMT
    Having been a scrawny, skinny twig for the first 1/2 of my life, I noticed that my pecs "bounced" when I went up stairs. I think it was more the realization that I actually had pecs icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 08, 2008 8:06 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidAwh...pretty soon fitguyMIKE is gonna need a bra.


    No borrowing of mine! I forbid it!!


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    hey great sets of tits..i..mean pecs you goticon_lol.gif...jk..in all honesty, you have a beautifull build man, congratulations on all of the hard work you have put in, its truly inspiring, keep up the good work handsomeicon_exclaim.gificon_wink.gif
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    Aug 08, 2008 4:01 PM GMT
    Still on the VERY early stages here and not really much visible results aside from an increase in boobs... erm... pec size. LOL

    But since I'm starting from VERY THIN, I've got patience. icon_razz.gif I'll get a bra soon enough. icon_lol.gif

    The main noticeable result of my workouts has been mood. I'm less prone to depression and that overwhelming feeling of tiredness that used to plague me. You know, the kind where you don't even want to get out of bed and just sleep all day? Heh. Haven't felt that way for a long time now.
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    Aug 08, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    alexander7 saidYeah, the other day I picked up this guy, threw him over my shoulders, took him to my cave and then sexually ravaged his body. I could never have done this before gaining some muscle mass.

    Really, I think it has improved my ability to get oxygen to my brain, think, and then fantasize better as in the above example.
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    Thanks for the good times alexander7...it was hot! icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 08, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]HighVoltageGuy said
    Thanks for the good times alexander7...it was hot! icon_twisted.gif[/quote]

    Your veel comb. Then would you mind if I threw you over my shoulder or would you threaten to shock me into submission with your high voltage, Guy.icon_question.gif
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    Aug 08, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    alexander7 said[quote][cite]HighVoltageGuy said
    Thanks for the good times alexander7...it was hot! icon_twisted.gif


    Your veel comb. Then would you mind if I threw you over my shoulder or would you threaten to shock me into submission with your high voltage, Guy.icon_question.gif[/quote]

    Throw me over your shoulder anytime...role playing is awesome! Shock ya into submission huh....icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 08, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    I didnt think I used my muscle for everyday use until I moved out of my apt. I was carrying LOTS of heavy stuff with ease it was funny cuz my dad was impressed.icon_lol.gif


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    Aug 08, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    Was never thin...but going from not muscular to muscular, noticed it in my shirts and how they fit, the smaller waist in my jeans (LOVED that), and just an overall better feeling.

    Although I loved it last weekend at Costco though, was carrying two tubs of the organic greens, a 12 bubble-pack of apples, a pizza and a few other things without a basket (with my hands) and when I got to the checkout, the gal asked where my box/basket was I used to carry everything, told her I didn't have one and she said "wow". That kind of made my day LOL.
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    Aug 08, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Huge difference in everyday walking and hiking once you strengthen the core. Way way better posture. I had really bad back pain in my 20's absolutely no back pain now.

    Even when I wear i skinny jeans the waist is kinda loose.
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    Aug 08, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidHuge difference in everyday walking and hiking once you strengthen the core. Way way better posture. I had really bad back pain in my 20's absolutely no back pain now. Even when I weari skinny jeans the waist is kinda loose.


    no back pain anymore for me too! i was pleasantly surprised one day that i didnt have the dull pain that i used to have in my lower back. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 08, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    Not long ago, some of us had to load about five tons of rock (in wooden cases) onto a truck. I ended up loading as much by hand as the other three guys (with hand carts) combined. That may have been more of a city-mouse / country-mouse thing though.
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    Aug 08, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    Bragging alert

    (Though I think that may be OK for this thread)

    I was recently at the grocery store and the bagger at checkout routinely asks if you want a cart for takeout, and the cashier said, 'Are you kidding, look at those muscles, he doesn't need a cart.'

    Totally made my day

    Also I notice from weights and running (particularly the running) that my sinuses cleared up (used to have sinus problems when I was a kid)
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    Aug 08, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    Actually, when people at the gym say "..., big guy" that really makes me think I've actually done something.
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    Aug 08, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    Come to think of it, I sometimes notice just the opposite.
    If I get too much of my exercise in the gym, then I sometimes feel surprisingly weak when I go to a "real world" task. A symptom of doing the same group of exercises too much, I think.
  • westguy79

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    Aug 20, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    I was leaving a gay bar a few weeks ago and the bouncer grabed my arm and tols me I had nice arms. It was totally random and made my day. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 21, 2008 12:45 PM GMT
    You might not "know your own strength" sometimes! With past agility & strength increases, I've occasionally moved something too quickly and hurt my hand or struck myself with an object. Crazy but trueicon_lol.gif
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    Aug 21, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    I notice a big difference in the effort of doing yard work, etc. I just don't get tired as quickly.
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    Aug 21, 2008 2:14 PM GMT
    I get asked to help with little "errands" that typically involve some kind of lifting or carrying. I've turned into the human pack mule. I've been hearing more frequently, "Hey, want to go to IKEA with me?"